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Subḥān Allāh
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, “Praise be to Allāh”, a religious formula, frequent in the Ḳurʾān. It is an accusative of exclamation from a root which does not occur in Arabic (the verb sabhaḥa is rightly explained by the grammarians as derived from the noun), but which goes back as a loanword to Aramaic and was also adopted in Hebrew and Ethiopie, viz.: s̲h̲ebaḥ “to praise”. Muḥammad probably found the expression somewhere among “the possessors of a scripture”, as it is not probable that he himself should have created such a form from a non-Arabic verb. It is also evidence of an extensive use of the word that subḥāna is foun…

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Buhl, Fr., “Subḥān Allāh”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 26 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5481>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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